WOODBURY, NY, JUNE 10, Press Club of Long Island, the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, announced the winners of its 2010 Media Awards contest at its annual awards dinner.

The 2010 Outstanding Long Island Journalist Award was presented to Newsday Investigations and Enterprise Editor Steve Wick for achievement over his career. The award is PCLI’s highest honor to an individual.

Additionally, Larry Levy, executive director of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University and former Newsday editorial writer and columnist, received the Phil Spahn Award, which is presented to a PCLI member who has demonstrated outstanding service to journalism, PCLI or to the community.

PCLI also gave this year’s Cub Reporter of the Year award to Kaitlyn Piccoli of the Long Island Press.

The club also recognized the outstanding efforts of local college journalism students with three $1,000 college scholarships. They went to Rodeena Stephens and Stephanie Powers, both of the New York Institute of Technology, and John Santucci, of Hofstra University.

Bay Shore High School student Samantha Caiola received the $2,000 News 12 Long Island/Hank Logeman High School Journalism Award, named in honor of the late UPI reporter who was a mentor to many young journalists.

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In all, PCLI gave out awards in 47 categories in print, television, radio and Internet journalism.

At the dinner, PCLI members elected the club’s leadership for 2010-2011.

The slate of officers is as follows:

John C. O’Connell, President
Meredith Daniels, Executive Vice President
Jamie Lynn Ryan, VP-Print
Michael DelGiudice, VP-Broadcast
Bill Bleyer, Treasurer
Diana DeRosa, Recording Secretary
Dominick Miserandino, Corresponding Secretary

The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s largest and most broad-based journalism organization, with 60 pro chapters and 250 student chapters nationwide. SPJ is dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior.

Steve Wick, Newsday’s investigations and enterprise editor, has been named the Press Club of Long Island’s 2010 Outstanding Long Island Journalist, capturing PCLI’s highest to an individual journalist.

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